Porsche Club of America (PCA) - Potomac Region

New DE Instructors for 2017


and my fabulous instructor at the Glen

Looking Forward

Driver's preparing for the Spring HPDE at Summit Point.
Or maybe an album cover.


Homework was never quite like this.

Drivers' Education Events

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Drivers' Education

Welcome to Drivers ED,DriversEdIcon-A-1Driver Education, or DE, this is NOT your High School Drivers ED! This is an opportunity to improve your driving skills by learning to drive your car safely at above average speed on a closed circuit road course, some of which are professional tracks you see on TV. As a novice DE participant, you will drive with an instructor, who will teach you the safest, smoothest and most consistent way to drive as quickly as you both feel is safe for the conditions and your skill level at that time. Entry qualification is prior track time or through our March or September High Performance Driving Clinic. Autocross School and participation can count as well.

DE is not racing, but Potomac does sponsor the longest running annual Club Race and just hosted it's 25th annual race this year. You can read more about the Club Race here.

DE differs from racing in several important ways. DE provides drivers with a learning environment where the goal is to improve your individual driving skills in a safe and fun way. The order in which drivers start or finish a DE session is irrelevant. Racing provides drivers with a competitive environment where the goal is to beat the other drivers across the finish line. DE stresses learning in a safe environment by permitting cars to pass other cars only in straight sections of the track that are specifically designated as passing zones, and even then a car can pass only after receiving permission from the car being passed that it is safe to do so. To further increase the safety of the learning environment in a DE, course workers are positioned around the track to help you see obstacles on and off the road surface, slippery course conditions, potential mechanical issues with your car, and actions that appear to be inconsistent with the safe learning environment that DE stresses.

The goals in DE are 1) to be safe, 2) to have fun, and 3) to learn about driving your Porsche smoothly and consistently. And you will learn. Threshold braking, cornering techniques, "the line", "heel and toe" and vehicle dynamics are among the topics taught on the track and in classroom sessions by fellow Porsche owners and expert drivers. We are a social club, and new participants are welcome, we also are not Porsche exclusive.

Potomac DE specific Tech Form is required for Potomac DE's, then form can be found here: Tech Inspection Form

To learn more about DE read our FAQ Page.

Read the 2017 DE message from the Chair

Drivers' Education Schedule for 2018

Saturday March 10th Instructor and Instructor Candidates Refresher, Jefferson Circuit. Candidates by invitation
Sunday March 11th HPDC Jefferson Circuit
Friday April 6th National Instructor and Instructor Day Summit Point Main. Candidates by Invitation
Saturday-Sunday April 7th & 8th DE Summit Point Main
Friday May 4th - Sunday May 6th Pitt Race DE
Saturday June 2nd & 3rd DE Shenandoah
Friday June 15th - 17th DE Watkins Glen
Friday July 6th - 8th Summer DE Summit Point Main. Friday will be Solo drivers only
Friday August 3rd - 5th Porschefest Summit Point Main
Friday August 31st - September 2nd DE at VIR
Saturday September 8th HPDC Jefferson Circuit
Friday October 26th DE Volunteer Appreciation Day Solo Drivers Only and by Invitation at Summit Point Main
Saturday October 27th - 28th DE Summit Point Main

Drivers' Education Team

DE Co-Chairs
Dirk Dekker & Bob Mulligan   

Co-Chief Instructors
Dan Dazzo, Steve Wilson, & Don Mattran

Tech Co-Chairs
John Vrankovich & Dave Diquollo   

DE Registrar
Chris Mantzuranis & Diane Sullenberger

Safety Chair
Tim Kearns

Track Stewards
Tim Kearns, Steve Vetter, & Michael Handelman & Stephan Kiraly    

Roger McLeod 

Track Coordinator
Brian Walsh

Track Registrar
Bernice Richmond


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